Susanna Reid rages in Good Morning Britain 'sexist' marriage row


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The question of whether marriage was a ‘sexist’ and outdated institution was debated on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today after a move to modernise the tradition with the introduction of mother’s names on marriage certificates.

In England and Wales, both sets of parents now will be named in the marriage certificates of their children – formerly it was only the fathers who were named.

GMB today posed the question to invited guests to debate whether the whole institution of mixed sex marriages involving the woman wearing a white dress and being handed over from one man to another – needs to change.

And regular presenter Susanna Reid revealed it was her “personal choice” not to marry, adding: “I’ve never married and I’d like to say to the children that you’re not illegitimate, or whatever convention says.”

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Feminist actress and presenter Jeni Barnett said marriage is an old-fashioned concept

“It is a sign of love and devotion and all that romantic stuff, but the romance finishes after two years.

“What us feminists are saying is it’s ok to get married and have this wonderful romantic gesture, but you have to remain who you are, and you are not a chattel.”

The actress said she couldn’t wear a ring for the first six months of her marriage and she didn’t take her husband’s name as she didn’t want to be ‘owned’ by him.

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“After 33 years of marriage we get on with our own lives and marriage is ok but I wouldn’t care if I hadn’t done it at all.”

Entertainer Debbie McGee, wife of the late magician Paul Daniels, however argued that marriage isn’t out-dated or sexist.

“It’s your choice these days. It’s nothing to do with a man saying ‘this is my woman’ and so much has already changed and I think it’s great. We are changing and evolving and that’s good.

“It should just be about saying ‘this is the one I love over anyone else’ and I don’t think it should be about what other people are thinking. It’s between two people.”

Many viewers agreed with Jeni, with one tweeting afterwards: “Never lose sight that are also ‘you’ and don’t let your other half dictate.

“Yes, compromise, and listen to each other, but never be a prisoner, you have the right to your own life too.”

One traditionalist posted: “My dad waked me down the aisle and was so proud. I loved it. I took my husband’s name and love that too. Tradition is not a bad thing.”

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